River Liffey, Dublin, Watercolor Painting

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River Liffey, Dublin

I have been working on some jewellery designs inspired by cities, and in my research I made a few drawings of those cities in ink and watercolor. The piece above is one such finished painting. Dublin is my home city, and this painting shows the River Liffey, as viewed from O’Connell Bridge in the evening. Along the river you can see three bridges including the well-known Ha’penny bridge, which lately people are locking padlocks to as a symbol of love. It all seems very romantic, apart from the fact that apparently it is rusting the bridge, which was old enough to start with!

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Gothic Stag at Night Painting

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I hope everyone out there is enjoying the season! I have made this new painting, which I wanted to share on my blog. It is a totally new style for me. Not only is it very gothic and darker than my usual painting style, but I started by painting the negative space first. I love photographing the deer in Phoenix Park, and while I never take photos of them at night, I did use some of my trips there at the basis of this painting. It’s interesting to think what they get up to in the park in the dark, and very inspiring too. I see this as part of a further series of gothic works featuring animals, woodland and garden settings and night blooming flowers.

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Winter Paintings… Ski Lifts and Old Fashioned Wooden Trains on Snowy Hills

Ski Lifts in the Snow Painting, Emily Boylan, 2014

Ski Lifts in the Snow Painting, Emily Boylan, 2014

The colder weather is finally biting here in Dublin! In between some home improvements I have been continuing to paint when I have the chance. I have set up a new desk area by my window, so I’m all set to look out at the snowy balcony should the occasion come. We already have a robin who likes to visit, and appreciates some nuts to help him brave the winter.

After a more realistic winter painting last time, I’m back into a little bit of fantasy with this Ski Lifts in the Snow painting. I have ridden in cable cars up into the Swiss Alps, (an amazing experience) so it is not 100% fictional. However, I had a hot chicken dinner and a tasty Swiss beer at the top and then rode the cable car back down, so no skiing for me I’m afraid!

I do love the romance of the idea of a skiing holiday. Christmas movies in general are an absolute favourite for me. I loved ‘The Christmas Shepherd’ with Teri Polo, which I just watched recently (Christmas cheer plus a gorgeous German Shepherd Dog for good measure). Anyway, I hope everyone else out there is getting into the spirit of the season too!

Emily

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Original Painting on Etsy

Winter River Painting on Canvas

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This is my new snow landscape. I’m still working from a set of photographs that I took in upstate New York. This particular one was taken from the window of a train. It’s a weird experience trying to get that photo as you speed by a beautiful landscape, and a lot of it comes down to luck. It’s easier to place together several partly blurry photos, and make them into a coherent painting.

No snow yet in Ireland, I’m hoping it stays that way until the holidays!

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Ice Princess Illustration

Ice Princess Watercolor

Ice Princess Watercolor

Ice Princess Original Watercolour
This is a fairytale ink drawing. As a child, I loved reading about snow queens and Narnia. The idea of lands where winter reigns all year round was magical. Of course, it’s a bit different as an adult after your first year trying to cope with getting to work in a snow storm!
Still, I wanted to capture some of that magic with this illustration. I started off with dip pen and ink, then added the painting element with watercolours, and then finished with white pen and ink.

I’m using fabriano pittura paper. I don’t know if you can see the ridges too well in the picture, but I really love the way they take ink. I discovered it in college and I still love working with it now from time to time.

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Feather Quill and Ink water-colour painting

Feather Quill Painting

Feather Quill Painting

I’ve decided to do a series of really little paintings in the lead up to Christmas. I’ve begun with more feathers and quills- which are so enjoyable and therapeutic to draw. This quill (here on etsy) was one of my first attempts. Quills are a favourite subject of mine as they have connotations with both art and writing, two areas I have a lot of interest in. I think now I’ve gotten sucked into Downton Abbey as well, there could be more old fashioned themes coming to the fore for me.

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I had also made a small feather drawing, which sold on etsy in ten minutes flat! A total first for me, I’m sure the quickest up to now was a week or more. Still, as I’m proud of it, I thought I’d show those feathers too.

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Handmade Christmas Owl Ornament

Handprinted owl Christmas Ornament

Handprinted owl Christmas Ornament

I have to put my hands up and admit I am already making Christmas designs. This little owl ornament is a really fun process. Recently I’ve renewed my interest in linocut printing whilst working on my Survivor Tree Print commission. It really wasn’t a long journey for me to get thinking about printing on fabric.
Owls are my favourite birds (along with robins, too, which are more common where I live). This story about self belief by Jeffrey Eugenides which describes how an owl appeared in his life in a time of creative difficulty and became a good omen has always stayed with me.
Anyway, for this owl, I hand cut an owl from lino, printed onto a ridged brown fabric which feels like a heavy cotton blend, then stitched by machine a fleece backing to her. I finished with a felt scarf, little christmas bell and baker’s twine hanger.
I start watching Christmas movies a little earlier than most at the best of times, and making this has probably brought me yet another step closer!

Available here on etsy

Emily

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Suitcases- Retro Suitcases Ink Illustration

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suitcases retro style illustration

This painting is a new addition to my etsy gallery. Just completed, I used a palette of blues, golds, greens and brown to create a number of different luggage items with a vintage feel. This drawing really reminds me of a luggage hold in one of those old Noir movies, like ‘Strangers on a Train’. I ‘drew’ the cases using a really tiny brush and walnut coloured Sennelier Inks.

I was thinking recently about a drawing I made as a child, which was of an antique store full of old lamps, vintage style furniture etc. I made it with those cool old brush style markers. I was very proud of that drawing! I may yet try to recreate it, but in the mean time it was fun to work on these suitcases. I started off inspired by an old blue case my grandmother had given me when I was a young teenager, and the rest flowed from there

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Custom Four Seasons Survivor Tree Prints

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I wanted to share a new custom project that I have just completed.

This set is a collection which I personalised for the customer with different animals and birds  representing the different seasons.  The original idea was from a previous listing I had made, inspired by The Survivor Tree, a beautiful tree with a great story behind it. The palette we worked from was earth tones- there is a golden caramel colour, a spring green, a coffee brown, and burgundy. For winter we used a snowy owl, for fall a cat, for spring a robin, and for summer a rabbit. This was such a fun project to collaborate on!

These prints are all made from the same original linocut, but then hand painted with detail and also hand-stamped with handmade leaf stamps. I especially like the way that the gold metallic ink on the printed leaves turned out.

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Abstract Paintings in Colour- new works

Abstract ink Painting, Seascape. Emily Boylan

Abstract ink Painting, Seascape 1, detail. Emily Boylan, 2014

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Abstract ink Painting, Seascape 2, detail. Emily Boylan, 2014

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Abstract ink Painting, Seascape. Emily Boylan, 2014

I have been wanting to make more abstract paintings for a while now. I started off with black and white, as I have a certain level of comfort there, but soon began having ideas for colour. I was inspired the the kind of palette you get by the sea at night when it is all lit up. I think I may have been partially inspired by staying in Crystal Cove, a seaside town near Boston. You could see the lights of Boston City across the harbour in the afternoon. There was something very magical about the experience. I took about 200 photographs of the harbour, so I may try to paint from some of those, but these are more about the feeling and experience of lights by the coast.

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